ten desperate and dangerous
men, tempted by the promise of more
than enough cash to fulfil their dreams
and send them on a suicide mission
to war-torn Afghanistan where the odds
are stacked heavily against them
and you have Death Force, the exciting
new novel by Matt Lynn...
WITH THE PACE FAST ENOUGH TO keep the pages turning, Matt Lynn writes a magnificent,
visually-descriptive thriller featuring ten desperate and dangerous men plunged
into a world of torture and treachery well-defined characters
with whom the reader can identify. Death Force is a highly-visual, rip-roaring
adventure story about a 'black op' by a team of mercenaries in
war-torn Afghanistan who might never return to each claim their promised $3million.
Former SAS Sergeant Bruce Dudley runs private military corporation Dudley Emergency
Forces. Bruce is looking for ten good men to carry out what could prove to be
a suicide mission in Afghanistan to relieve brutal drugs baron Zabit Salangi
of a large cache of gold and diamonds.
Steve West, who is also former SAS, has a knack of putting teams together and
he wants to make enough money to buy his uncle's classic and vintage car business
before he settles down possibly with the beautiful Orlena, a Byelorussian
he meets in Dubai.
Steve has been charged with finding a band of hungry, ruthlessly-efficient mercenaries
who can trust each other, work together, fight hard and dig their way out of
any hole they may find themselves in. First recruit is Ollie Hall, who has experience
fighting in Afghanistan but wrecked a promising army career with his drinking
and gambling and who now needs money to please his fiancée.
Then there is Gurkha Ganju Rai, who is caring for his dead brother's widow and
children; David Mallet, a former Irish Guardsman supporting an ex-wife with
two children and a new wife expecting twins; and Dan Coleman, a former Australian
SASR operative who was court-martialled while serving in Afghanistan and who
wants to clear himself.
The team also includes Welshman Nick Thomas, who spent a couple of years in
the Territorials; former IRA terrorist and expert bomb-maker Ian Murphy; Chris
Reynolds, formerly with the South African Special Forces Brigade; Jeff, keen
to buy an apartment for his mother Estelle, who brought him up on her own following
a teenage pregnancy; and Orlena's brother Maksim Prerova, who spent five years
in the regular army, three years in the Russian Spetsnaz and fought in Chechnya.
In Kabul, Bruce introduces the team to Colonel Simon Lockhart, who briefs the
men and tells them that the operation is completely off the record. They are
on their own. As far as he and the army are concerned, they do not exist
and even Major Angus Muirhead at the British base in Helmand has his hands tied.
Out on a limb in the heart of Helmand Province, the team has to negotiate a
large stretch of the dangerous Kabul-Kandahar Highway, through al-Queda territory,
to make contact with Afghan scouts Haji and Abdul and to take on local drivers.
But just how trustworthy are these men and will Farooq who provides a
safe house or weapons merchant Amazai betray them?
They will also have to contend with Salangi's impregnable fort in Kajaki, his
personal army of around three thousand men and the might of the Taliban, with
whom Salangi has formed an alliance.
Will Steve and his men make it safely across the Pakistan border and outwit
both the Taliban and the British Forces? Are they prepared to shoot one another
rather than be taken by the Taliban and how will they deal with local warlord
With suspicion at every turn, betrayal comes from an unexpected source and they
will resort to any measure necessary to get out of Afghanistan with the treasure
alive and in one piece.
Like them or loathe them, each of the characters has his own redeeming qualities
along with his flaws and you will find yourself being sucked into their lives
and rooting for them to return unscathed. These men have got grit in their craw
and they're going to need every ounce of it.
Death Force by Matt Lynn is published
by Hodder Headline and is available now from all good book shops at an RRP of
"…a Boy's Own adventure guaranteed to get the pulse racing. It is up there with
the finest that Andy McNab or Chris Ryan have ever penned" The News
Of The World
"A cracking action thriller. Lynn plans Death Force to be the first in
a series. I can't wait to read the rest" The Daily Express
"A well told, cracking tale of manly doings in a shadowy environment"
"Death Force… with the pace fast enough to keep the pages turning, Matt
Lynn writes a magnificent, visually-descriptive thriller featuring ten desperate
and dangerous men plunged into a terrifying world of torture and treachery"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar